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Monthly Archives: August 2013

IRS: LGBT couples who are married can file joint tax returns beginning next year

Excerpt: The Internal Revenue Service announced today that in the wake of the Supreme Court’s late June decision striking down the poorly-conceived “Defense of Marriage Act”, American LGBT spouses will be able to file joint or separate tax returns as married couples beginning next year, no matter where they happen to live. “Today’s ruling provides certainty […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Department of Justice won’t sue to overturn I-502, Washington’s law legalizing marijuana

Excerpt: The United States Department of Justice has decided not to seek to overturn Initiative 502, the law approved by voters last year that makes possession of small amounts of marijuana in Washington legal. Governor Jay Inslee announced the news this morning in a joint statement with Attorney General Bob Ferguson: Today we received confirmation Washington’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Rodney Tom and Curtis King’s transportation “listening tour” doesn’t have a Seattle stop

Excerpt: The Washington State Senate Republican caucus today unveiled a list of dates and locations for the transportation “listening tour” they’ve been promising to hold since the end of the contentious legislative session back at the beginning of the summer. The “tour” will consist of seven public meetings – one each in Bellevue, Vancouver, Tacoma, Spokane, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Washington State Republicans elect Susan Hutchison to be their new chair through 2014

Excerpt: A successor to Kirby Wilbur has been chosen: Former KIRO-TV anchor Susan Hutchison has been elected as the new chair of the Washington State Republican Party. At a meeting in Spokane Saturday afternoon, Hutchison defeated the sitting interim GOP chair, Luanne Van Werven in a runoff vote after two other contenders were eliminated. (The final […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Party Politics
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NPI’s (unconventional) newsgathering credo: Accuracy and context are more important than getting it first or getting it fast

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This is the third post in a seven-part series reflecting on NPI’s first decade. Each installment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members. I came to Washington in 1992, but I didn’t become involved in politics until 1999 when I […]
Written by:Ralph Gorin
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Ready for a new decade: NPI to begin its next ten years with a capable, committed board

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This is the second post in a seven-part series reflecting on NPI’s first decade. Each installment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members. NPI has come a long way in ten years.  I moved to Washington State in 1997, but […]
Written by:Martin Chaney
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Max Fisher’s “40 Maps” and the impact of framing on American politics and public policy

Excerpt: Over the past week, an infographic has been making its way around the internet called “40 maps that explain the world”, based off another web page which used the “40 maps” theme. Collected by Max Fisher of the Washington Post, it shows cartographical depictions of anything from the four different countries a Russian professor believes the […]
Written by:Patrick
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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From opposition to proposition: NPI is working to make the defeat of Tim Eyman’s initiative factory a beginning – not an end

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This is the inaugural post in a seven-part series reflecting on NPI’s first decade. Each installment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members.  As I reflect on NPI’s tenth anniversary, I find myself thinking back to where we were as […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Matchup appears set in Seattle mayor’s race: It’ll be Ed Murray versus Mike McGinn

Excerpt: Winnowing election night is finally here. Several weeks after voting began, the deadline to turn in ballots has arrived, and the first results are coming in. All eyes, figuratively speaking, are on the state’s largest city, which has the election’s marquee race: a nine-way contest for mayor. Only two of the nine will be moving […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Elections
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Jeff Bezos agrees to buy The Washington Post and its other D.C. area papers for $250 million

Excerpt: Wow. Didn’t see this coming: The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) announced today that it has signed a contract to sell its newspaper publishing businesses, including The Washington Post newspaper, to Jeffrey P. Bezos. The purchaser is an entity that belongs to Mr. Bezos in his individual capacity and is not Amazon.com, Inc. “Everyone at the Post Company […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Media & Culture
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